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Waxhaw, NC
Erosion control blankets for controlling slope in North Carolina
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Waxhaw, NC
Saving frozen yuccas from North Carolina
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Waxhaw, NC
Propagation of native American beautyberry in North Carolina
I have found a beauty berry bush growing wild in the woods. It is huge! I broke off a couple of branches (1/4 " in diameter) and wonder if it will root if I just stick it in good moist soil. I alr...
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Matthews, NC
Small native evergreen shrubs for North Carolina
I live in zone 7 and need miniature shrub to go in flower bed situated in full sun. I love gardenias but afraid the intensity of the sun might be too much.
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Rock Hill, SC
Plants for delineating property line
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Rock Hill, SC
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Charleston, SC
Getting rid of poison ivy
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Fairview, NC
Slope Erosion control for Fairview NC
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Charlotte, NC
Non-native citronella mosquito plant wintering inside in Charlotte NC
Can I bring the citronella mosquito plant in the house over the winter, or should it be planted outside. I live in Charlotte, NC.
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Charlotte, NC
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What fast growing non invasive tree would be good to plant in a sub-division that could possibly shade my 2 story house? I would like it to have a tap root system so that it is strong in windy condit...
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Charlotte, NC
Plants for a lakeside bank in NC
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Charlotte, NC
Plant identification
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Charlotte, NC
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Native flowers and plants for meadow in North Carolina
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Charlotte, NC
Plants for creek bank in North Carolina
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Plants to put beside driveway
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Privacy Screen Tree for Patio in NC
What is a good tree to plant in front of a brick wall/fence to provide privacy and not compromise the structural integrity of the wall? The brick fence is my neighbors but I need privacy as they can s...
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Charlotte, NC
Native plants for erosion control in North Carolina
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